Why Is Breast Milk Mixed With Blood?
Hello, good afternoon Ms. Askan ...
Blood mixed milk is not uncommon for breastfeeding mothers. The most frequent cause is due to cracked nipples. Nipple blisters can occur due to imperfect attachment between the baby's mouth and the mother's breast, pump attachment and / or pump strength that is too strong when pumping, or because the baby is biting the nipple. In addition to the condition of the cracked nipple, the discharge from the nipple can also be caused by other things such as small blood vessels in the breasts that rupture due to rough pressure and benign breast tumors.
If there is only a small amount of blood coming out, then you don't need to worry too much, right? Because it is most likely that the cause is just blisters. All you can do is:
continue to give breast milk directly (direct breastfeeding / DBF), unless the child refuses breastfeeding which may be caused by changes in the taste of breast milk, if so happens immediately see a pediatrician for further treatment plans if when breast milk is pumped then mixed with blood, discard the ASIP mixed with the blood apply breast milk to the nipple before and after breastfeeding the breast pump with the intensity of the force that is not too tight avoid lathering the nipple if the nipple looks cracked, you can use a thin nipple cream in the nipple area to avoid the formation of scabs
If a lot of blood comes out and / or a lump in the breast, then see a surgeon right away, Ma'am. If because of this complaint you have difficulty while breastfeeding, do not hesitate to consult with a pediatrician or to a lactation clinic so you can continue breastfeeding to baby.
That's all, hopefully it helps and enthusiasm for breastfeeding hi ma'am :)